Emily Harris http://wemu.org en Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://wemu.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 44492 at http://wemu.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home http://wemu.org/post/stay-or-go-how-israeli-palestinian-peace-would-redefine-home More than 1 million Arabs are citizens of Israel. And over the years, some 350,000 Jewish Israelis have moved to settlements in the West Bank. If the Israelis and Palestinians were to make peace and set a formal border, what would happen to all these people?<p>The vast majority of Arab Israelis are Palestinian. Most belong to families that either stayed in their homes during the war following Israel's 1948 declaration of independence or fled to areas that wound up on the western, or Israeli side, of the cease-fire line. They hold Israeli passports and enjoy the rights of citizenship. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 43861 at http://wemu.org Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home Israeli Prisoner Release Steps Toward Peace And Draws Controversy http://wemu.org/post/israeli-prisoner-release-steps-toward-peace-and-draws-controversy Israel is preparing a prisoner release as part of the peace process with Palestinians. Arab citizens of Israel are set to be let go, a move more controversial than releasing non-citizen Palestinians. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Emily Harris 43511 at http://wemu.org In A 'Brilliant' Move, Hamas Puts A Woman Out Front http://wemu.org/post/brilliant-move-hamas-puts-woman-out-front Isra al-Modallal is the first woman to be the public face of Hamas, the conservative group that rules the Palestinian territory. "Brilliant" is how one Gaza observer describes the decision. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Emily Harris 43218 at http://wemu.org Russian Troops Continue Movements In Crimea http://wemu.org/post/russian-troops-continue-movements-crimea As the standoff continues in Crimea, Russia warns the U.S. against "hasty" sanctions. Ukraine officials accuse pro-Russian forces of armed aggression. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Emily Harris 42537 at http://wemu.org Western Diplomats Visit Kiev, Bringing Few Answers With Them http://wemu.org/post/western-diplomats-visit-kiev-bringing-few-answers-them Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour in Ukraine where Russian troops took control of more areas in Crimea today, including a ferry terminal between the Ukrainian peninsula and Russia. Western countries are strategizing a response to the crisis with many meetings and several high level visits to Ukraine. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 42283 at http://wemu.org A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza http://wemu.org/post/greek-treasure-pulled-sea-disappears-again-gaza On a sunny Friday in August last year, Judah Abughorab paddled a small, flat boat over the blue Mediterranean Sea about 100 yards off the Gaza Strip's sandy shore.<p>He doesn't really like to eat fish, but catching them is the unemployed construction worker's favorite pastime.<p>That day, he netted a half a dozen. Then, through the clear water, he spotted something that made him look again.<p>"It looked like a person," he says. "Eyes, a face, hands, fingers."<p>Abughorab says he was scared, but dived 5 yards down to have a closer look. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Emily Harris 42154 at http://wemu.org A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza Building Pressure May Mean Progress In Israeli Peace Talks http://wemu.org/post/building-pressure-may-mean-progress-israeli-peace-talks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>There is a fake John Kerry wandering around Jerusalem these days. He stars in several satirical videos criticizing the U.S. effort to negotiate a peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The State Department suggests it is just the latest sign that Kerry has put real pressure on Israel to move toward a peace deal. NPR's Emily Harris reports.<p>EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: John Kerry, the satire star, is skinny with a big poof of grey hair. The theme of the videos, he doesn't understand the conflict he's trying to solve. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Emily Harris 41373 at http://wemu.org Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians http://wemu.org/post/even-among-their-own-consensus-eludes-israelis-and-palestinians Disputes between Palestinians and Israelis are a constant in their decades-old conflict, and that's what the wider world usually hears about.<p>But there are also near constant internal disagreements among Israelis. And Palestinians have divergent views too. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 41140 at http://wemu.org Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda http://wemu.org/post/scarlett-johanssons-middle-east-flap-over-soda <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxq4ziu-wrI</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40902 at http://wemu.org Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant http://wemu.org/post/palestinian-explains-why-he-worked-israeli-informant It took four years in a prison cell for Palestinian Abdel Hamid el-Rajoub to decide to work as an Israeli informant. Not that he ever planned it that way. Rajoub is in his 60s now. He grew up in a Palestinian village near Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. He says he was 19, an emotional young man, when he got involved in fighting Israel.<p>"It was my right," he says, "to fight Israel and the occupation."<p>Rajoub looked up to an older brother, who he says was part of the military branch of the Palestinian political group Fatah and was killed by Israeli soldiers. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40840 at http://wemu.org A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed http://wemu.org/post/palestinian-herders-pick-pieces-after-homes-destroyed <em>NPR's Emily Harris sent this postcard after visiting a community of Palestinian herders whose camp was demolished for being in a closed Israeli military zone.</em><p>It's about 20 minutes by four-wheel drive up a rocky canyon to Khirbet 'Ein Karzaliyah, a near-barren plain with a small spring. A handful of families live here, including more than a dozen children and over 700 sheep and goats.<p>Meshchas Bne Menneh unzips the door to her home, a large tent on a sturdy square frame. She flicks on a battery-powered lamp and lights a propane burner for tea. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40450 at http://wemu.org Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace http://wemu.org/post/what-israels-release-palestinian-prisoners-means-peace On Tuesday, Israel released another two-dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted of violent crimes against Israelis.<p>It's the third of four groups to be released before their sentences are up, part of a confidence-building deal that helped restart peace negotiations in July.<p>Palestinian Omar Masoud was a prisoner freed in one of the previous releases. He says that when he agreed to kill an Israeli working in the Gaza Strip, he expected consequences.<p>"I knew I would go to prison, or get killed and become a martyr, or I'd have to run away abroad," Masoud says. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Emily Harris 39632 at http://wemu.org What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem http://wemu.org/post/what-it-costs-cover-your-noggin-jerusalem <em>Just how far does a dollar go? We'll try to answer that question as part of an occasional series on what things cost around the world. In this installment, NPR's Emily Harris looks at the price of headwear in Jerusalem.</em><p>In Israel and the Palestinian territories, headgear is big business. How much does it cost to cover up for different religions, traditions and fashions?<p>Orthodox and religious Jews cover their heads to show respect toward God. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 39555 at http://wemu.org What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels http://wemu.org/post/israeli-startup-offers-kids-social-media-training-wheels Two years ago, Itay Eshet's daughter told him she wanted a Facebook account. She was 10 years old.<p>Facebook's great, Eshet told her, but it's not for kids. So instead they built a new social network for preteens called Nipagesh, which means "let's meet" in Hebrew.<p>Facebook and most other social networks require users to be at least 13 years old, but lots of kids want to join sooner. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 39136 at http://wemu.org Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels Palestinian Refugees On Losing Side Of UN Budget Crunch http://wemu.org/post/palestinian-refugee-agency-running-out-money The United Nations agency that provides basic health care and education to Palestinian refugees doesn't have enough money to pay local salaries this month.<p>The shortfall could directly affect 30,000 teachers, doctors and social workers, as well as the people using their services in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.<p><strong>Filling Basic Needs</strong><p>Sit for an hour in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency office in the al-Amari camp for Palestinian refugees, and you get a sense of what people expect the agency to provide.<p>An old woman asks where she can pic Sun, 01 Dec 2013 13:13:00 +0000 Emily Harris 38412 at http://wemu.org Palestinian Refugees On Losing Side Of UN Budget Crunch Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer http://wemu.org/post/israel-dreams-future-oil-producer There's an old joke that if Moses had turned right when he led Jewish tribes out of Egypt, Israel might be where Saudi Arabia is today — and be rich from oil. Consultant Amit Mor of Eco Energy says that joke is out of date.<p>"Israel has more oil than Saudi Arabia," he claims. "And it's not a joke."<p>But that oil will be difficult to reach, <a href="http://www.worldenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ser_2010_report_1.pdf" target="_blank">if it can be recovered at all</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 38268 at http://wemu.org Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer Critical Of Nuclear Deal, Israel Wonders What May Come Next http://wemu.org/post/critical-nuclear-deal-israel-wonders-what-may-come-next Many Israelis are critical of the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program, and some are even more worried about what could follow.<p>"What's important here is that both sides decided: We have to start consulting. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:59:00 +0000 Emily Harris 38222 at http://wemu.org Critical Of Nuclear Deal, Israel Wonders What May Come Next African Migrants Find An Uneasy Asylum In Israel http://wemu.org/post/african-migrants-find-uneasy-asylum-israel The scissors never seem to stop in Sami's barber shop off a pedestrian street in south Tel Aviv.<p>Fresh out of the barber's chair, Philip Giray says he left Eritrea two years ago. Smugglers helped the 20-year-old cross into Sudan and Egypt. Then he snuck into Israel.<br /> <br /> "We come here, we ask asylum here, they doesn't welcome us," Giray says. "They punish us psychological, you know?"<br /> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:43:00 +0000 Emily Harris 37827 at http://wemu.org African Migrants Find An Uneasy Asylum In Israel Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women Lose Election, Vow To Return http://wemu.org/post/ultra-orthodox-israeli-women-lose-election-vow-return We wanted to follow up on our <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/10/22/239347445/ultra-orthodox-towns-election-puts-gender-rules-to-the-test" target="_blank">story about the ultra-Orthodox women</a> in Israel who were running for the local council in El'ad, or Forever God, a small, religious Jewish town.<p>Five women had challenged not only El'ad's norms, but practices across Israel's various ultra-Orthodox communities just by getting their names on the ballot and running a campaign.<p>None of them won a seat, but they say they will be back.<p>"We're not giving up," said Michal C Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:10:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36723 at http://wemu.org Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women Lose Election, Vow To Return Election In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town Tests Gender Norms http://wemu.org/post/ultra-orthodox-towns-election-puts-gender-rules-test Voters across Israel choose new mayors and city councilors in local elections Tuesday. In one small town, a handful of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women are defying the norms of their community by running for office.<p>On a recent day, children mob two women in skirts, stockings and purple T-shirts in a neighborhood park in El'ad, or Forever God. The women are candidates for town council. As part of their get-the-word-out campaign, they're blowing up balloons for kids.<p>"I've been thinking about this for a year. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:35:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36635 at http://wemu.org Election In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town Tests Gender Norms A Graduate Student's Odyssey From Gaza To Indianapolis http://wemu.org/post/graduate-students-odyssey-gaza-indianapolis To get a small sense of Fida'a Abuassi's odyssey, start on June 28, days before the Egyptian coup. She had just returned to her native Gaza Strip via Cairo after spending the year in New York on the U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright student program.<p>"I came back to Gaza, and then they declared that they will close the border until further notice," she says.<p>Her goal was to get to Indiana by August to start her master's program at the University of Indianapolis.<p>There are only two legal ways in and out of the Gaza Strip. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:58:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36381 at http://wemu.org A Graduate Student's Odyssey From Gaza To Indianapolis A Decade On, A Boy, A Ball And A West Bank Wall http://wemu.org/post/decade-boy-ball-and-west-bank-wall A little more than a decade ago, in an effort to improve security, Israel <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/05/22/186017646/a-decade-in-the-making-west-bank-barrier-is-nearly-complete">began building a physical barrier</a> in and around the West Bank.<p>The Amer family is among the Palestinians whose lives were disrupted. The concrete wall and fence cut them off from their village. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 11:11:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36256 at http://wemu.org A Decade On, A Boy, A Ball And A West Bank Wall Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip http://wemu.org/post/israel-eases-restriction-building-materials-gaza-strip Israel eased a major restriction on the Gaza Strip last week. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35824 at http://wemu.org Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip Syria's Move To Join Chemical Treaty Puts Pressure On Israel http://wemu.org/post/syrias-move-join-chemical-treaty-puts-pressure-israel Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>World leaders are convening in New York this week for the United Nations' General Assembly. And among other things, they're facing some potentially dramatic changes in arms control in the Middle East. Syria might give up it chemical weapons. Iran is signaling that it might negotiate with the West over its nuclear plans. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 35349 at http://wemu.org